Thursday, March 1, 2012

Brotherhood, bone marrow and a big pay day...


March 1st, 2012 by MOTHAX

Marine who hit the jackpot on a penny slot in Las Vegas attributes his win to karma for donating bone marrow to someone in need.
"They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it, because it's kind of painful, but what's a little pain if it will save someone's life?" Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt said, the Las Vegas Sun reported Sunday. "I look at this as kind of good karma for that."
Degenhardt won $2.8 million on the Money Vault Millionaires Seven slot at the Bellagio on Feb. 19, the Sun reported.
According to another story, the guy is planning on staying in the Marine Corps, which is awesome, because we always need a few good men and women like him. And unlike a majority of athletes and others suddenly flush with disposable income, it doesn't seem to have effected him much...
Degenhardt, who will receive about $100,000 a year over 20 years, said he plans to first help his pregnant sister and his mother catch up on bills.
He decided to buy some clothes after the jackpot – at a thrift store, where he buys all of his clothes. He said he won't part with his car that has rolled up some 250,000 miles, either.
"I plan to keep driving it until I can't anymore," he told the Sun. "No sense in wasting money. I'm really pretty thrifty."
  For short video, click here 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The Annual Spring Conference of the American Legion Auxiliary will held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the East Syracuse Post 359, 135 West Manlius Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057 (Legion phone = 315-437-4727).

 Registration: 8:30 AM (Coffee and doughnuts available)

Session begins promptly at 10:00 AM 

Lunch: 12:00 noon

Lunch menu  : Roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, roll/butter, dessert, coffee/tea.

COST is $15.00 each which includes $3.00 registration fee. Any Auxiliary member not attending lunch should send $3.00 registration fee.

MARCH 30,2012.

No refunds granted after this date. Make checks payable to: "5th District ALA" include Unit name/number and county along with names of attendees. Mail to:

Eloise Kimpland
101 Pleasant Ave.
North Syracuse, NY 13212
Phone: 315-458-8760

All Unit Presidents, Membership Chairmen, VA&R Chairmen, Children and Youth Chairmen, Secretaries and Treasurers should attend with their expenses paid. 

All Auxiliary members are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be raffles for gift baskets, 50/50, and a  special 5th District handmade quilt.

Please remember to bring your copy of the proposed 5th District by-law changes, as we will be reviewing and discussing these changes.

County poppy winners will be brought to conference for judging. District winners will be forwarded to Department. Remember Junior poppy contest entries (this includes  poppy posters) that were judged winners at the County level should be sent directly to Department.


will be held at the same place and time. Juniors registration and lunch will be $10.00 each.

Please send names of those attending
their unit name and number to: Eloise
(address above).

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


 from New York

NATIONAL COMMANDER FANG WONG makes his visitation to the 5th District American Legion on Wednesday, APRIL 11, 2012 at Decarlo Staffo IAW Post 8, Loomis
Street Extension, Little Falls, NY. 

The reception will be at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm. Menu consists of: Beef Tip or Chicken Marsali with trimmings. Cost of the meal is $25 each and reservations should be made as soon as possible due to limited seating. 

Reservations should go to: 
Telephone: 315-845-8139

E-mail is:
Telephone for Italian American War Post 8 is 315-823-1635.

Overnight accommodations may be made at:
20 Albany Street
Little Falls, NY
Phone is: 315-823-4954.

A luncheon will be served at Herkimer American Legion Post #38, 204 South Washington St, Herkimer at 12 noon. There will be a press conference at 1 PM. After that, 5th District Commander Walter Will escorts the National Commander and other dignitaries on a tour of the Curtin Dairy Farm facility located in Cassville, NY, arriving at the farm between 2:00 and 2:30 pm.
The Annual Dinner Meeting of the Fifth District Commanders Club, including spouse or friend is scheduled for 29 April 2012.

at Klock-Smith Posts 1788, Lafargeville, NY
Phone is 315-658-4492
Cash bar 1 to 2 P.M.
Dinner at 2 P.M.

Menu: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, roll, salad, dessert and coffee. Cost is $15.00 per person.


RSVP to: Michael Michalski
                 P.O. Box 376
                Brantingham, NY 13312


We will be having a meeting right after this luncheon. The purpose is to elect new officers for 2012-2013, pay dues, introduce past district presidents that haven't had a chance to enjoy this club.

Presently I, Stella Grimshaw, am president and Carol Walters is secretary/treasurer.

"Red Solo Cup"

"Let's Have A Party!"

Sunday, February 5, 2012


My deployment song (Our Family Needs Us Home) 
This song was written and sung by a soldier
Hope you enjoy it!

 This is a song I wrote a while back to honor of all the men and women serving our country all around the world. I know I'm not much of a singer but I hope you enjoy the words. Thanks to LT Jeramy McClellan for the music and harmony!

Click below for song....

Thursday, February 2, 2012


03-12 January 30, 2012
National Salute to Veteran Patients 

The National Salute to Veteran Patients program encourages all Americans to visit and volunteer at VA medical centers and to send letters of thanks or valentines to those who have protected our nation. This year's national salute is Feb. 12-18. Last year, more than 328,000 valentines were received at VA medical centers, and 21,330 people visited nearly 70,000 veteran patients. For more information regarding the National Salute to Veteran Patients and volunteer opportunities at a local VA medical center, visit the VA Voluntary Service webpage.
VERNA L. JONES, Director
National Veterans Affairs and
Rehabilitation Commission

05-12 February 1, 2012
VA Caregivers Support Line Celebrates First Anniversary
Program Received More Than 25,000 Calls in First Year

On Feb. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will mark the one-year anniversary of the toll-free National VA Caregiver Support Line, 1-855-260-3274. The support line’s dedicated staff has helped more than 25,000 Veterans, family members and Caregivers connect to resources and receive access to services they have earned.

“VA recognizes the importance of Caregivers to our Veterans’ health and well being. We also recognize the sacrifices the daily care of their beloved Veteran requires,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “It is the care and commitment of Caregivers that allows Veterans with chronic illnesses or severe injuries to remain in the homes they defended, surrounded by the loved ones they hold dear. I am proud we have been able to help so many Caregivers in this first year of the support line’s operation.”

Since the program began, the Caregiver Support Line has received more than 25,000 calls and email queries through VA’s main page Local Caregiver Support Coordinators at each VA medical center have responded to more than 8,000 referrals. Callers to the support line are spouses, children, other family members and friends of Veterans as well as Veterans themselves. Caregiver Support Line responders listen to the callers and assess how best to offer support, appropriate direction, and connection to needed resources.

Responders serve as a resource for Caregivers by providing guidance, education on VA programs and benefits, information on community resources and emotional support through brief supportive counseling, if needed. The support line responders can also connect callers to VA’s other support lines such as the VA Veteran Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255) and Coaching Into Care Line (1-888-823-7458) when these lines better meet the callers needs. 

“Caregivers play such a critical role in the lives of our nation’s Veterans, often at great cost to themselves. VA recognizes this sacrifice and the Caregiver Support Line is just one way we seek to support Caregivers,” said Deborah Amdur, VA’s Chief Consultant for Care Management and Social Work. 

“Caregivers often give so much of themselves and the social workers on the support line recognize this. They understand the challenges faced by Caregivers and are able to offer a listening ear, education and connection with needed resources.”

If a Caregiver or Veteran who calls the line needs additional guidance, a referral is made to their local Caregiver Support Coordinator, located at every VA medical center, who is the key contact for Caregivers at VA and an expert in VA and community programs available to Veterans and their Family Caregivers.

Veterans and Caregivers can reach the VA Caregiver Support Line toll free at 855-260-3274. Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., ET, and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET on Saturdays. VA also features a Web page,, with general information on other Caregiver support programs available through VA and the community.
VERNA L. JONES, Director
National Veterans Affairs and
Rehabilitation Commission

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


This is a long video....probably 8-10 minutes but worth watching to see how the Muslims are infiltrating our country through our children and thus creating the increasing number of homegrown terrorists...
IF you ever loved your country, You Owe It To Yourself to watch this video and PASS IT ON to every red blooded American you know.  
 This is not a Republican thing...nor a Democrat matter... 
This lady is something else.